Lockdown ‘could last beyond Easter with plans for family meet-ups over holiday’

Boris Johnson had claimed that restrictions would be substantially lifted by Easter Sunday (Image: Pippa Fowles / No10 Downing Street)

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Tough lockdown restrictions could last 'beyond Easter' and the PM is planning for families to meet up over the holiday, it has been reported.

According to reports, ministers warned that with the exception of schools, there is unlikely to be any relaxation of the the current rules by the review point – which was supposed to be in the middle of next month.

Originally, the current lockdown was expected to ease on February 22 with schools opening and England returning to a tier system.

Boris Johnson said when he announced the lockdown: “I hope we can steadily move out of lockdown, reopening schools after the February half term and starting, cautiously, to move regions down the tiers.”

He later admitted 'a lot of things have to go right' for lockdown to start easing by then, and Dominic Raab warned there would not be a single 'big bang' when restrictions do end.

Boris Johnson had also claimed that restrictions would be substantially lifted by Easter Sunday.

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The PM said: “I think we can certainly look forward to a very, very different world in this country, from Easter onwards."

According to The Sun the latest target for any significant lifting of the lockdown is now Good Friday on April 2.

The PM is said to have started planning for people to meet up with their families over Easter.

A source told the newspaper: "It's way too soon to start talking about when, but the work is being done quietly on the how."

It comes as new figures showed the UK had suffered another 1,610 coronavirus deaths in the biggest single-day jump of the pandemic.

Public Health England announced the latest deaths, which are up on last Tuesday when the country recorded 1,243 Covid fatalities.

However, cases fell for a fourth consecutive day and are at their lowest point since December 27, when 30,501 infections were announced.

A further 33,355 new cases were recorded yesterday, bringing the total number of positive tests to 3,466,849.

More than 4.2 million people have now received their first dose of the vaccine in the UK – an increase of over 200,000 from the previous day.